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Mega-List of Bay Area Startup Resources

Mega-List of Bay Area Startup Whether you’re still hatching your idea or you’re a seasoned veteran of the startup scene, here are 50+ Bay Area startup resources to help you launch and grow your dream business. San Francisco Office and Coworking Spaces If you’re not ready to sign a lease for your own location, you could head over to a…

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Who Should Hire an IT Consulting Firm?

For today's blog, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the question of whether or not you should hire an IT consulting firm. Working with an outside IT provider is not a good fit for everyone. We'll be describing the kinds of scenarios where this does or does not make sense. First, who should not hire an IT consulting…

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For Entrepreneurs: Contact Management and CRMs

If sales is the lifeblood of any business, then your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system would have to be the blood bank. Without a centralized place to keep track of your conversations with prospective customers, it is nearly impossible to stay on top of leads. For some entrepreneurs, though, a CRM system can be overkill. Sometimes a basic way of…

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Techie Perks in SF

There are always a thousand reasons to appreciate why we live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are just a few of the latest. Living Innovation Zones--High Tech Playgrounds for All The SF Mayor's Office has rolled out a new program that introduces "innovation spaces" throughout the city. These environments showcase creative and high-tech interactive art and are now…

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San Francisco Small Business Resources

A Hidden Gem: San Francisco's Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center If you own your own business in the Bay Area or you're thinking of launching a small business, you may be surprised at just how many resources are available specifically to help you succeed. One of the hidden gems in San Francisco is the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in San Francisco, which is a…

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Thoughts on Persistence

We’ve all been inspired this week by the story of Diana Nyad’s successful swim from Cuba to Florida. Not only was this an extraordinary achievement in terms of distance covered—110 miles in 53 hours, but she swam without the protection of a shark cage. Oh, and by the way, this was Nyad's fifth attempt. At 64 years old, she’s achieved…

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When Your Phone System Fails

Client Case Study: Total Phone System Failure Nobody likes a crisis, but when one happens, the best outcome is a quick and effective resolution. Since we've been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area IT sector for over a decade, we've seen our share of crises. Along the way we've learned that when the alarms start ringing, you jump into…

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San Francisco Ranks #1 in Female Entrepreneurship

This great infographic has been making the rounds this month. For those of us active in the San Francisco business scene, it may come as little surprise that San Francisco ranks #1 in female entrepreneurship. Note the significantly higher per capita income compared to other cities, though the picture would be a little less rosy were they to also factor…

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Ten Online Tools To Help Your Business Be More Productive

Save Time And Be More Productive With These Ten Online Tools It seems like there are a bazillion applications vying for your subscription these days. It can be hard to determine what's worth investing your time and attention in. Below are ten online applications that can help your business be more productive. All of these tools have been around long…

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LimeTech Yelp Reviews

Our Positive Yelp Reviews Were Filtered We recently revisited our business page on the website Yelp.com and were surprised to see that our positive reviews were "filtered." In other words, they are hidden and not immediately visible to prospective customers. This prompted us to do a little detective work and attempt to learn more about Yelp's criteria  for featuring vs.…

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